The five key quotes from Steve Bruce's post-West Ham press conference
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  1. Steve Bruce's Newcastle got off to the perfect start in the 2020/21 Premier League season, with a 2-0 away win over West Ham.

Two second-half goals from new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick ensured an excellent evening for The Magpies.

Here are the most important responses that The Toon boss made to the media:

  • The dream start

With Jamal Lewis having an impressive debut at full-back, along with Wilson and Hendrick getting the goals, Steve Bruce was quizzed on how crucial it was bringing in those three players in particular.

"It's very pleasing when it happens like that - that's why we've invested in the players we have.

"All week there's been a positivity around the place and I'm delighted," said Bruce.

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  • A great win over a physical side

Bruce was keen to express to the media how much of a 'physical team' West Ham are.

Bruce hailed his sides 'attitude' throughout the game, which he thought was influential towards their triumph tonight - which was Newcastle’s first victory on the opening day of the season since 2012.

"I was delighted with the attitude we've shown against a physical team.

"I thought the better football came from us.

"I think it's our first opening day win in around eight years so a decent night to be had."

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  • On Hendrick's stunning debut

Jeff Hendrick marked his Toon debut with a goal and assist, the perfect start for the Republic of Ireland international.

Bruce admits he was a 'big admirer' of Hendrick well before he became a Newcastle player, and his performance tonight clearly solidified his admiration for him.

"Jeff gave us a nice balance.

"I've been a big admirer of his for a long time and I was delighted at how brave he was to get the assist for Callum.

"Then he fired one in the top corner - he'll remember that."

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  • The Callum Wilson effect

Callum Wilson was signed by Newcastle for one reason, to score goals, and that is exactly what he done tonight - beating Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from close range to give his new team the lead on 55 minutes.

Bruce spoke about how he tried to sign Wilson during his Coventry City days and cited his further delight that he is now a Newcastle player.

"I tried to take Callum from Coventry years ago and there's something about him I enjoy watching.

"He moves well, he's a goal scorer and works hard for the team.

"I'm delighted we've got him."

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  • A look towards Ryan Fraser

One new signing that did not feature for Newcastle today was Ryan Fraser.

Bruce said that the reason for the Scottish international not being introduced as a second-half substitute was due to a lack of match fitness.

But when he is up to speed, The Magpies head coach says Fraser will be a fans favourite on Tyneside.

"Ryan hasn't played since March and didn't really train until Wednesday.

"He's kept himself in remarkable condition but mark my words, from what I've seen in the few training sessions he's had, he'll be a big favourite with the Newcastle fans."

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